James dishes below about life with his new four-legged buddy and musical muse. “Fox likes being in the studio when I’m writing. “When I can’t think of something I’ll go play with him and take a break,” James chirps. “When we have the music on loop and he’ll just pass out on the couch!”
James jokes that Fox may end up singing like him, since he’s already in the studio all day!
WD: How did you find this furtastic breed!?
JM: I searched for a smaller dog because traveling and touring with a big dog might be difficult. I wanted a smaller dog that was intelligent and cool but looked like a big dog. Fox is exactly that. He looks like a miniature husky.
WD: Are you in puppy love with your little dog?
JM: Before I had a 100-lb Yellow lab and a dachshund as my family dog. I never thought I’d like having a little dog but I love Fox! I walk him down the street and it looks ridiculous in a sense but I love that. I have no ego with my dog.
WD: What is it like hitting the road with Fox?
JM: It’s great! He sleeps with me in the bunk. I have a buddy all the time and when it’s cold I have a little fluffy thing to keep me warm! And the fans love him. Everyday he goes out and the fans scream for Fox, I think more than me! It’s amazing! It makes me feel like a proud dad!
WD: What’s the craziest thing he’s done on the road?
JM: When Cody Simpson opened for our band, he brought his family and their dog Buddy. Fox and Buddy played along well but one night they were both off their leashes. The fans were screaming and Fox and Buddy started running around. Fox is usually pretty good but he would not listen to me at all. In order to appear cool I had to let him play for a good 45 minutes and then chase him down! He wouldn’t listen, he was being such a butt-head, but he had fun and the fans enjoyed it.
WD: How does he get along with other dogs?
JM: He loves other dogs! He actually believes he’s bigger than every other dog. (He’s 8 lbs. so that’s pretty inaccurate, but he loves it!) No matter how big or scary the other dog is, he’ll go up and nip at him and play. They could bite him in half and he doesn’t care.
WD: How does he handle all the music?
JM: He doesn’t mind music. Fox has been in recording studios since he was two months old. In fact, you can blast music and he’ll fall asleep right through it! It’s amazing. He’s been in cars, tour buses and planes and has probably traveled more than some people ever will! He’s a very spoiled dog in that sense but he’s comfortable with it. He’ll even fall asleep for a 5-hour flight!
WD: If Fox were a famous celebrity, which tail-wagging actor would he be?
JM: Fox is a star. He’s on the smaller side but he’s the Tom Cruise of dogs. He could be in Top Gun!
Rad the full interview at: AnimalFair.com